Do Behaviours in Kindergarten Predict Economic Outcomes in Adulthood?

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Do Behaviours in Kindergarten Predict Economic Outcomes in Adulthood?

Room 405A
207 Bouverie Street

Parkville campus

207 Bouverie Street

Booking not required

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Centre for Mental Health

In this seminar, drawing on two Canadian birth cohort studies and tax records spanning three decades, Dr Vergunst will show that children’s behaviours at age 6 are associated with future earnings and welfare receipt. Specifically, teacher ratings of children’s inattention and aggression-opposition are associated with lower earnings and higher welfare receipt from age 18 to 36 years, while prosocial behaviours are associated with higher earnings and lower welfare receipt, independent of hyperactivity and anxiety, and after adjustment for the child’s IQ and family background. The implications for early screening and prevention will be discussed.

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